Re: Decline in Russian tennis? No Russian players in top 20 WTA right now.
There was a big surge between 1999 and 2003, with Dementieva, Myskina, Sharapova, Kuznetsova, Petrova, Zvonareva and even Safina breaking out. Nobody has been able to match that group since - Kirilenko, Pavlyuchenkova and the gang have simply not been as good, some have turned out to be total flops, like Dushevina, and in some cases there was pure bad luck - Chakvetadze, Kleybanova. But in any case, it's not a recent development and Russia might now be experiencing the consequences of the mass exodus of their educated upper middle class during the 90s - the very same people who are likely to put their children into tennis.